France`s Hollande names former PM Ayrault as foreign minister

Paris (ANTARA News/AFP) - French President Francois Hollande has
chosen former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to take over as foreign
minister, several sources said Thursday.
In a minor government shake-up, Hollande also named a member of the French
Greens Party (EELV), Emmanuelle Cosse, as housing minister, part of an attempt
to widen his political base as he bids for re-election in 2017.
Two other ecologist politicians were named as under-secretaries in the new
government.
The reshuffle comes as Hollande is seeking fresh political momentum 15
months before he seeks a second term.
Veteran foreign minister Laurent Fabius bowed out of politics on Wednesday
after being named to head Frances Constitutional Council.
His successor, 66-year-old Ayrault, was prime minister between 2012 and
2014.(*)

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